Family Group Sheet

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Husband: Thomas Miles
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        AKA:
       Born: 1759 or 1766 - Massachusetts
       Died: 16 Sep 1842 - Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
       Buried:  - Hopewell Pioneer Cemetery, Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
       Father: Lt. Nathaniel Mighill (1737-1819)
       Mother: Sarah Bailes (          -          )
       Married: 9 Jul 1789                Place: Wales, Hampden County, Massachusetts
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Other Spouse: Zipporah Gates (1769-1834)  Date:
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   Wife: Sally (Sarah) Fisk
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        AKA:
       Born: 26 Jul 1774 - South Brimfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts
       Died: 30 Nov 1815 - Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
       Buried:  - Hopewell Pioneer Cemetery, Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
       Father: Capt. Asa Fisk (          -          )
       Mother: Elizabeth Knight (          -          )
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Children
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1  F  Persy Miles
       Born: Between 1790/1793
       Died: Bef 1842
       Buried:
       Spouse: Jonathan Root (          -          )
 Marr. Date:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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2  F  Amanda Miles
       Born: Abt 1793
       Died: Bef Oct 1862 - Monroe County, IL
       Buried:  - Eagle Cliffs/Miles Cemetery, Monroe County, IL
       Spouse: Jenks Wheeler (Abt 1788-1847)
 Marr. Date:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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3  M  Asa Miles
       Born: Abt 1794 - New York
       Died: Abt Oct 1860 - Huron Or Lyons, Wayne County, NY
       Buried:
       Spouse: Clarissa (Abt 1798-          )
 Marr. Date:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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4  M  Stephen W. Miles, Sr.
       Born: 30 Nov 1795 - Cazenovia, Madison County, New York
       Died: 31 Dec 1859 - Monroe County, IL
       Buried:  - Eagle Cliffs/Miles Cemetery, Monroe County, IL
       Spouse: Lucretia Shook (1812-1835)
 Marr. Date: 22 Mar 1827
     Spouse: Esther Wheeler (1812-1874)
 Marr. Date: Abt Jan 1842
     Spouse: Mrs. Sally Adaline Turrill (Abt 1814-Bef 1859)
 Marr. Date: 3 Sep 1847 - Monroe County, IL
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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5  F  Permilia Miles
       Born: Abt 1798 - Onondaga County, NY
       Died: 22 Nov 1876 - Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
       Buried:
     Spouse: Horace Clark (1798-1833)
 Marr. Date: 8 Apr 1818 - Gorham, Ontario County, NY
     Spouse: John Dudley (Abt 1796-1854)
 Marr. Date:
     Spouse:
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6  M  Truman Miles
       Born: 6 Apr 1800
       Died: 2 Dec 1846 - Monroe County, IL
       Buried:  - Eagle Cliffs/Miles Cemetery, Monroe County, IL
     Spouse: Lois (1803-1861)
 Marr. Date:
     Spouse:
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7  F  Olive Miles
       Born: Abt 1802 - New York
       Died: 18 Jun 1877 - At Home  So. 8Th St. Burlington, IA
       Buried:
     Spouse: Martin Root (Abt 1802-1850)
 Marr. Date:
     Spouse:
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8  M  Fisk Miles
       Born: 1804
       Died: 1822 - Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
       Buried:  - Hopewell Pioneer Cemetery, Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
     Spouse: Never Married
 Marr. Date:
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9  M  Adolphus Miles
       Born: 1806
       Died: 28 Feb 1838 - Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
       Buried:  - Hopewell Pioneer Cemetery, Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
     Spouse: Eliza (1800-1859)
 Marr. Date:
     Spouse:
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10  M  Loyal Miles
       Born: 9 May 1808 - Onondaga County, NY
       Died: 9 Jun 1856 - Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
       Buried:  - Hopewell Pioneer Cemetery, Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
     Spouse: Dolly Clark (Abt 1810-After 1880)
 Marr. Date: Abt 1829
     Spouse:
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11  M  Amasa Miles
       Born: 1812
       Died: 29 Jul 1888 - Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
       Buried:  - Hopewell Pioneer Cemetery, Hopewell, Ontario County, New York
     Spouse: Phidelia Root (1816-1888)
 Marr. Date:
     Spouse:
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Husband's General Notes
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"Thomas Miles of Hopewell" has inscribed on his tombstone that he was born
1759, and died 1842, aged 83 years.  There is convincing evidence to indicate
he was born in Brimfield, Massachusetts, the son of Nathaniel Mighell and Sarah
Bailes, although "Thomas of Brimfield" was christened in 1766, and almost
surely could not have been born any earlier than 1762 - the year in which
Nathaniel and Sarah were married.  The tombstone inscription with a 1759 year
of birth seems to pose a problem.

A citation from Arrowheads to Aerojets (possibly based on an inscription on the
mausoleum) for Stephen W. Miles Sr (son of Thomas and Sally), states that he
was the son of "Thomas Miles of Wales, and Sarah Fisk of South Brimfield". 
Brimfield MA was the original town.  A part of Brimfield was taken off and
became South Brimfield in 1762.  The name of the town of South Brimfield was
changed to Wales MA in 1828.  Perhaps this is the meaning behind "Thomas Miles
of Wales".

Thomas MIGHELLS was "of New Brittan" when he married Sally Fisk in 1789.  New
Britain is a small town near Canaan in Columbia County, New York.   So it's
quite possible Thomas was living in New Britain NY, when he went to his former
home to find a bride in 1789.  The pension application of William Miles (also
the son of Nathaniel & Sarah Bailes Mighell) says William lived at New Britain
NY when he served in the Revolutionary War under his father's (Lt. Nathaniel
Miles) command.  In the 1790 census a "Thomas MIGLES is found in Canaan,
Columbia County, New York.

William, son of Nathaniel & Sarah Bailes, says that he went from New Britain NY
to Pompey (Onondaga Co.), then to Cazenovia NY, then to Phoenix NY and finally
to Lysander NY .  Perhaps Thomas was on a similar migrational pattern as a
"Thomas MOGHILL" purchased land from the Holland Land Company in Cazenovia NY
in 1793.  That land record has not been obtained, but seems consistent with the
birth of son, Stephen, who later says he was born 1795 in Cazenovia NY. 
Cazenovia is now in Madison County and just across the county line from Pompey
in Onondaga County, New York.

In a July 26, 1796 deed, "Nathaniel Mighells of Pompey"conveyed land to "Thomas
Mighells of Pompey".  This land was situated in Lot 21 of Fabius, Onondaga
County, New York .   A "Thomas Miles" built the first saw mill in the town of
Fabius in 1800 on Butternut Creek, and in that same year , a group petitioned
for the establishment of an Academy at Pompey.  Included in that group was
"Thomas Mighells", who signed the petition with a subscription in the amount of
$30.00 toward that cause.  On May 4, 1801, "Thomas Mighells of Fabius and
Sally, his wife" sold part of Lot 21 to Benjamin Wadsworth.   In 1803, "Thomas
Mighells and Salla, his wife", sold 28 acres "with a saw mill" situated in Lot
21 of Fabius to Benjamin Wadsworth. "Thomas Miles" built a grist mill on
Butternut creek, west of Apulia in 1808.

There is a "Thomas Miles" found on the census in 1800 in Fabius, Onondaga
County, New York.  This Thomas would be consistent with the Thomas referred to
in the 1935 research report cited as a son of Nathaniel Mighell and Sarah
Bailes .  The profile for the Thomas Miles family, 1800 Fabius, is consistent
with the known family members of Thomas & Sally Fisk Miles:  3 daughters under
10 (Persy, Amanda, Parmelia); 3 sons under 10 (Asa, Stephen, Truman); 1 female
age 26 -44 (Sally, age 26); and 1 male age 26-44 (Thomas).

Loyal Miles and Parmelia (Miles) Clark Dudley - both are children of "Thomas
Miles of Hopewell" and both also state in the 1855 NY State Census that they
were born in Onondaga Co NY.  The 1935 report by William H. Scott states, "In
1796 there appeared one Thomas Mighell who bought from Nathaniel Mighell,
Junr., on July 28, part of lot no. 21 in the Town of Fabius.  This Thomas is
only interesting in that he was the brother of Nathaniel, Jr., and thus aids in
tracing the family back into New England.  This Thomas is nearly contemporary
with Nathaniel, Jr., and is cited as an uncle of Platt Mighell in 1828." 
(Platt Mighell is a son of Nathaniel, Jr.)

Thomas is found in Gorham or Hopewell, New York for the remaining census years.
(Hopewell was formed from Gorham in 1822).
1810 - Thomas states he is between 26-44 years of age.  (He would be 51 if born
in 1759).
1820 - Thomas states he is 45 years of age and up.
1830 - Thomas states he is between 60-70 years of age.  (He would be 71 if born
in 1759).
1840 - Thomas states he is between 70-80 years of age.  (He would be 81 if born
in 1759.)

Sally, wife of Thomas died November 30, 1815, in Hopewell NY and is buried at
the Pioneer cemetery.  Thomas, at some time later, married Zipporah (Gates)
Clark, probably the widow of Shubel Clark.  Zipporah Miles is listed in the
will of her father, Daniel Gates, as "Zipporah, wife of Thomas Miles". 
Zipporah died April 11, 1834, and is buried the Pioneer Cemetery at Hopewell. 
Thomas died on September 16, 1842.

This evidence provided by land and census records provides a considerable
amount of circumstantial evidence to indicate "Thomas of Brimfield/Onondaga"
and "Thomas of Hopewell " must be the same individual.  Based on the foregoing
evidence I have linked Thomas as a son of Nathaniel Mighell/Miles and Sarah
Bailes.   I can only think the tombstone inscription at Hopewell, stating
Thomas was born in 1759 must surely be an error on the part of the informant.

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Wife's General Notes
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The 1790 Census for Massachusetts only listed 2 Fisk(e)s in the town of South
Brimfield:  Asa and Hezekiah (Asa is the father, Hezekiah, the son).  Fiske and
Fiske Genealogy states that Asa and Elizabeth Fisk had a daughter Sally, born
July 26, 1774, who "married and resides in New York State ."

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General Notes for Child: Persy Miles
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Possibly named for her aunt, Persy/Persey Fisk.  Persy Miles married Jonathan
Root.  Jonathan Root is found on the 1810 census in Fabius, Onondaga County,
New York, a few households away from Nathaniel Miles.  She may be the "Persa
Root " found on the 1820 census in Murray, Genesee County, New York, and if
Persa were the head of the household in that year, it indicates that Jonathan
died before 1820.  On January 7, 1836, George Clapper and Amanda M. Clapper,
"daughter and heir of Jonathan Root" conveyed land situated in Lot 22 of
Fabius, Onondaga County, New York, to Amasa Miles .  Persy is mentioned in the
1842 Partition document as "the said Fidelia & Amanda being children of
Jonathan Root & Percy his wife both deceased, the said Percy being a daughter
of the said Thomas".

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General Notes for Child: Amanda Miles
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Jenks Wheeler is found in Bath, Steuben County, NY in 1810 .  In 1820 and 1830
they are in Crawford County, Pennsylvania.  They probably went to Monroe
County, Illinois, in about 1836.  Amanda leaves specific instructions in her
will regarding her burial at Eagle Cliffs/Miles Cemetery, although her
gravesite no longer can be found.  The tombstone for Jenks existed at some
point so that a record exists that he died at age 59 (stone broken).

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General Notes for Child: Asa Miles
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Asa married Clarissa (____), and at this time it is believed Clarissa's maiden
name was Alexander, daughter of John an d Rachel (Hines) Alexander.  Asa Miles
has not been located in the early census years, and it may be that he is
enumerated in the household of his wife's family in Pompey (the part of which
later became the town of Lafayette) in Onondaga County, New York, as daughter,
Eliza (Miles) Alexander states on the 1855 NY State census that she had been a
resident of Onondaga County her entire life.  In 1828, Asa Miles conveyed land
situated in Pompey to A. King.  In 1840 , he is found on the census in
Hopewell, New York.  In the surrogate records of Thomas Miles, Asa was then
listed as a resident of Hopewell. On August 9, 1844, Asa Miles and Clarisa, his
wife, sold Asa's portion of land received through the partition of Thomas
Miles's estate to his brother, Amasa Miles, for the sum of $675.00.  In this
deed it is noted that Asa "reserves a quantity of lumber in and about a certain
horse barn of which the said horse barn is built now on said premises."  In
1850, Asa is found on the census in Huron, Wayne County, New York.  Asa died
about October 1860, leaving a last will and testament in Wayne County , New
York.

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General Notes for Child: Stephen W. Miles, Sr.
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STEPHEN W. MILES
And a Brief History of the Miles Family
(by Kerry Patrick)

Stephen W. Miles was born November 30, 1795, at Cazenovia, Madison County, New
York.  Stephen was the son of Thomas and Sally (Fisk) Miles.  Thomas Mighells
or Mighell  (pronounced Miles) was probably born in or near Brimfield,
Massachusetts, but his family moved from that area several years after his
birth.  They settled at some point in present day Columbia County (then Albany
County), New York, in the area of New Britain, a small village near the town of
Canaan.  “Thomas Mighells” was “of New Britton” when he married Sally Fisk “of
South Brimfield” on July 9, 1789, in Massachusetts.  Sally Fisk was born on
July 26, 1774, the daughter of Capt. Asa and Elizabeth (Knight) Fisk.  The town
of South Brimfield, Massachusetts was formed in 1762 from a part of Brimfield. 
In 1828, the name of the town of South Brimfield was changed to Wales,
Massachusetts, which may be the origin of the assertion that Thomas Miles was
“of Wales”.

Thomas Migles appears on the 1790 census at Canaan, Columbia County, New York. 
They must have moved to the area of Cazenovia, New York (then in Chenango
County) sometime around 1793.  By 1796, they were in neighboring Onondaga
County, New York, when Thomas Mighells purchased land in the town of Fabius.  
By 1810, the family had settled in Hopewell, Ontario County, New York, and by
that time they were consistently using the phonetic spelling of the last name
“Miles”.  Sally Fisk Miles died on November 30, 1815, and Thomas died on
September 16, 1842.  Thomas, Sally and several of their children are buried at
Hopewell Pioneer Cemetery.  The children of Thomas and Sally, in probable order
of birth were: Persy Miles Root; Amanda Miles Wheeler; Asa Miles; Stephen W.
Miles; Parmelia Miles Clark Dudley; Truman Miles; Olive Miles Root; Fisk Miles;
Adolphus Miles; Loyal Miles; and Amasa Miles.

Stephen W. Miles was a veteran of the War of 1812, for which he later received
land in Monroe County, Illinois by “warrant”.   He moved to Illinois in about
1819, where he purchased other tracts of land through the federal land office
at Kaskasia, nearly 600 acres at an average cost of about 75 cents per acre.  
Other land may have been acquired over time through conventional means and
perhaps some through foreclosure proceedings.  A number of records of that
type, which Miles initiated, exist at the courthouse.  He was also engaged in
farming and some type of merchandising enterprise.  He apparently kept in close
contact with his New York relatives, as he leased farmland to his brother,
Amasa, who remained in Hopewell.  The exact extent of Stephen's holdings is
unknown, but the 1902 obituary of his niece, Sarah Austin, described him as “a
government surveyor, who had settled on a 5,000 acre tract of fertile land at
Eagle Cliff, Ill.,”

Stephen W. Miles married Lucretia Shook, daughter of Solomon Shook, on March
22, 1827.  They were the parents of three children: Stephen W. Miles, Jr.;
Amanda Catherine Miles Sennot; and Mary Lucretia Miles.  Both daughters
apparently died before 1855, as they are not mentioned in Stephen's will. 
Lucretia Miles died on June 6, 1835, and was buried at the cemetery atop the
bluff overlooking the Miles home below.  It may be due to Lucretia's untimely
death that several of the New York relatives made their way to Monroe County. 
The obituary of Stephen's niece, Sarah Austin, says she came to Illinois in
1836, and went to live with her uncle. At about the same time, Stephen's
brother, Truman, and his sister, Amanda Wheeler and husband, Jenks, arrived
with their families. Four of the sons of Asa Miles also came to Illinois at
various times thereafter.  Both Stephen and Truman returned to New York in 1843
to assist in the settlement of their father's estate.  Stephen married second,
Esther Wheeler, and they had one son, Alonzo N. Miles, born April 9, 1845. 
They were divorced that same year, and Esther later married Samuel Shook. 
Stephen was afterward married to Mrs. Sally A. Turrill on September 3, 1847. 
On the 1850 census, Sally is listed as “Adaline”.  In 1851, Stephen assigned a
mortgage to his niece, Sarah.  He wrote over the face of the mortgage in
beautiful penmanship and in a bold and confident hand:

“Rec'd of Misses Sarah Miles per her agent Stephen Miles ($284.79) two hundred
and Eighty four Dollars and Seventy nine cents being the amount of principal
without interest in full for all demands due me on this mortgage and I hereby
assign all my right title and interest in and to the Same to the Said Sarah
Miles for the above Sum of two hundred and Eighty four Dollars and Seventy nine
cents which Sum She is entitled to collect on this mortgage together with ten
percent interest from this date until paid and no more, I throwing off to her
and her children by Alexander Miles Dec'd all the interest up to this date
without any recourse on and hereafter.
S. W. Miles
Attest
Stephen Miles
Sally A. Miles”

Stephen W. Miles, Sr. died on December 31, 1859.  He wrote his last will and
testament on November 14, 1855.  In it he leaves bequests to his wife, Sally A.
Miles; son, Alonzo Miles; daughter-in-law, Mary E. Miles; servant girl, Nancy
(girl of color); son-in-law, James Sennot; and son, Stephen W. Miles.  Sally A.
Miles must have died after the time the will was written in 1855, but before
1859, as she is not mentioned in the “Affidavit of Decease and Names of Heirs.”
The probate file of Stephen Miles has recorded that when he died his estate
amounted to “about $80,000.00.”  There was a sizable list of people indebted to
Miles at that time, and most of those debts were secured by a “deed of trust”.

Stephen W. Miles, Sr. is probably known best for the mausoleum he had built at
the cemetery atop the bluff in 1858, to be used for himself and his
descendants.  Many other Miles relatives, as well as local residents were
buried in the cemetery outside the vault.  Both the cemetery and mausoleum have
suffered extensive vandalism in the past and a number of old tombstones are now
lost or destroyed.  The burial plot of Stephen's sister, Amanda Wheeler, may
have fallen victim to the vandals.  Amanda recorded in her Last Will and
Testament her instructions regarding her final resting place:

“I desire that my Executor, as soon as practicable, procure and have set up
over the grave of myself and deceased husband, a marble monument, similar in
size and style of the monument erected over the grave of my brother Truemann
Miles Dec'd. and that he also, have a good substantial board fence, to be of
dressed pine plank, cedar posts and well painted, erected or build, so as to
enclose the graves of myselfs and family, at Eagle Cliffs Burying Ground on the
Bluff, the expense of both monument and fence to be paid out of my Estate.”2

In spite of the damage to the cemetery and mausoleum, enough details remain to
prove instrumental in tracing previous generations of the Miles family. 
Perhaps this is consistent with the original intent of Stephen W. Miles, who
apparently wished to provide an enduring legacy for himself, his family and his
descendants.


Recommended reading:

Arrowheads to Aerojets. Edited by Helen Ragland Klein, Valmeyer, Illinois,
Myron Roever Associates, 1967.

Allen, John W. “Legends and Lore of Southern Illinois,” A.E.R.P Publisher,
Johnston City, IL, 1963.

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General Notes for Child: Permilia Miles
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Geneva Gazette, April 18, 1818
MARRIED:  In Gorham, Mr. Horace Clark, to Miss Parmelia Miles, all of Gorham.

"Parmelia" Miles married Horace Clark in 1818.  Hopewell Pi oneer Cemetery and
Church records has the baptism of 5 Clark children:  "Sarah, Winslow, Fisk,
William and James, children of Sister Clark, Bapt. Dec. 1, 1833."  On June 21,
1837, "Permilla Clark", of Hopewell, a widow, purchased land from Henry W.
Taylor for $125.00.  The land was described as "Part of Lot 47, next to the
Turnpike Road, containing 2 acres more or less."  In 1844, she gave a
deposition concerning the settlement of her father's estate (to which she
signed her name, as opposed to making her mark).  She apparently married John
Dudley sometime after 1844 but before 1850.  John Dudley died April 12, 1854,
and Permilia again became a widow.  She is enumerated in Hopewell, NY census
records with various spellings of her first name.
In 1850, she is "Permely" Dudley, age 48.
In 1855, she is "Permilia" Dudley, age 51, born Onondaga County, New York, a
resident of Ontario County for 44 years, and the mother of Wm. H. Clark (who
also appears in the household in that year.)
In 1860, she is "Parmelia" Dudley, age 58.
In 1870, she is "Permilly" Dudley, age 67.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES 11/22/1876 PAGE 2
DIED.
DUDLEY - In Hopewell, Nov. 21 1876, PERMILLA DUDLEY, aged 78 years.

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General Notes for Child: Truman Miles
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Truman has not been positively located in census records prior to 1840, when he
appears in Monroe County, Illinois.  He lived near his brother Stephen, and
there are several land transactions between the two brothers on file at the
Monroe County courthouse.  Truman died in 1846, leaving his widow, and one son,
James Miles.  At last visit to the Eagle Cliffs/Miles cemetery in 2004,
Truman's stone is still in one piece, although it is lying down and can be
found nearest the mausoleum built by his brother, Stephen.

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General Notes for Child: Olive Miles
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Olive Miles married Martin Root.  The 1842 Surrogate records for Thomas Miles
lists in the "names of heirs and next of kin", Olive Root wife of Martin Root
of the town of Lancaster in the County of Erie".  By 1850, Martin and Olive
Root are found on the census in Des Moines, Iowa.  Martin apparently died prior
to 1856, as Olive Root is shown as a widow.  Mrs. Olive Root appears on the
census in 1860 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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General Notes for Child: Fisk Miles
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Fisk Miles died in 1822 at the age of 18, believed to have died without issue. 
He is not mentioned in the surrogate court records of his father, Thomas Miles.

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General Notes for Child: Adolphus Miles
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This Adolphus seems to be the first in this Miles family to bear the name,
although the name appears several times in the descendants of his brothers and
sisters.  Perhaps this was a tribute to a brother who died too young?  Adolphus
Miles died in 1838 at 32 years of age.  The names of the children were obtained
from Thomas Miles's surrogate records and supported by the 1850 census.

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General Notes for Child: Loyal Miles
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Loyal Miles, his wife, and several of his children are buried at the Hopewell
Pioneer Cemetery.  Loyal states on the 1855 New York census that he was age 47,
born in Onondaga County, New York, and has been a resident of Ontario County
for 45 years.  He died June 9, 1855.

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General Notes for Child: Amasa Miles
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The History of Ontario County, New York (Family Sketches) says that Amasa Miles
and his wife had 12 children.  The names of four of the children are unknown at
this time.  They possibly died young.  Hopewell Pioneer Cemetery Records
mentions that "Amasa Miles built and lived in the large square house on the
west side of the Miles Road (Freshour) on Sect. 20." (in Hopewell, New York) 
In 1836, George and Amanda Clapper conveyed land situated in Lot 22 of Fabius,
Onondaga County, New York to Amasa Miles "in consideration of $ 20.00."  In
1837, Amasa and Phidelia Miles "of Hopewell" conveyed this same land to the
trustees of school district # 3 for $100.00.  Amasa Miles and family are found
on the United States census from 1850 to 1880 in Hopewell, New York .  In 1860,
Amasa's family is also found in Le Roy in Genesee County, indicating he owned
land there as well.

Amasa apparently kept in contact with his brother, Stephen , who lived in
Monroe County, Illinois, evidenced by a letter written to Amasa by Stephen W.
Miles, Jr.(transcription courtesy of Stephen Mark Miles):
"Lease to Amasa Miles New York
Extracted from a letter written to Amasa Miles July 20th 1849
"As father will not probably be on to see you until next year some time, he
desired me as he cannot write well himself in consequence of a sore hand, so
that might receive this letter in time to make your arrangement about seeding
this fall. In your last letter you concluded to lease the land for a period of
five years, agreeable to the conditions contained in a letter he wrote to you
shortly after my return home. You however said you would not seed any (that is
put in grass) until he came on himself, as you did not think you ought to pay
for the grass seed. As this appears to be the only differences between your
propositions, he says he wishes you to go on and consider the land as leased,
and as regards the grass seed he will arrange it with you upon terms honourable
and just to both parties. The conditions contained in Fathers letter before
alluded to were as well as I remember, that you were to have the land upon the
said terms as contained in the old lease, except you were to pay as rent Two
Dollars per acre for all the land leased . Commencing 1st Sept. 1849 and the
rent for this year to be settled agreeable to our arrangement last fall. Hoping
this may prove satisfactorily and well understood between us , I remain your
affectionate nephew S. W. Miles Jr."




Family Group Sheet

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Husband: Thomas Mighill
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        AKA:
       Born: 16 Aug 1751 - Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (1)
 Christened:
       Died: 20 Dec 1794 (1)
     Buried:
     Father: John Mighill (1727-1758)
     Mother: Margaret Morgan (1730-          ) (2)
    Married: 20 Mar 1775               Place: Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts (1)
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   Wife: Esther Arms
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        AKA:
       Born: 1754
 Christened:
       Died: 1831
     Buried:
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Children
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1  F  Clary Mighill
       Born:
 Christened: 27 Apr 1777 - Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts (1)
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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2  M  Elihu Mighill
       Born:
 Christened: 27 Apr 1777 - Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts (1)
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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3  F  Sarah Mighill
       Born:
 Christened: 4 Apr 1779 - Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts (1)
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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4  F  Lydia Mighill
       Born:
 Christened: 8 Feb 1781 - Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts (1)
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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5  M  John Mighill
       Born:
 Christened: 29 Dec 1782 - Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts (1)
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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6  F  Esther Mighill
       Born:
 Christened: 16 Jul 1789 - Conway, Massachusetts (Now In Franklin County) (1)
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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7  F  Polly Mighill
       Born:
 Christened: 26 Mar 1789 - Conway, Massachusetts (Now In Franklin County) (1)
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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8  M  Thomas Mighill
       Born:
 Christened: 26 Mar 1789 - Conway, Massachusetts (Now In Franklin County) (1)
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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9  M  Eleazer Mighill
       Born:
 Christened: 1 Jan 1792 - Conway, Massachusetts (Now In Franklin County) (1)
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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10  M  David [Sic ? Daniel] Mighill
       Born:
 Christened:
       Died: 16 Jul 1794 - Conway, Massachusetts (Now In Franklin County) (1)
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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Husband's General Notes
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A soldier of the Revolutionary War having enlisted in 1775 , in Capt Hugh
Maxwell's company of Col. Prescott's Massachusetts Regiment.  Thomas was born
in Brimfield, Massachusetts, moved first to Deerfield, Franklin County,
Massachusetts where the 1st five children born.  He later moved to Conway,
Franklin County, Massachusetts.  Thomas was "of Conway" when he purchased land
in Ontario Co. NY from Abner Mighill/Miles.  The death of Thomas Mighills is
recorded in Conway, Massachusetts vital records where it is said he was killed
"by the fall of a Tree returning from Genesee Country", record dated Dec. 20,
1794.  Surrogate record on file at Ontario County, NY.  Administrator was
William Webber, "friend and brother-in-law."  Some of the children of Thomas
and Esther (Arms) Mighills resided in or near Lima, Livingston County, New
York.  After the death of Thomas, widow Esther (Arms) Mighill probably married
Elijah Wilder.

DAR RECORDS

v 80, p 14, #79037
Thomas Mighelles (1752-1792) married in 1775 Esther Arms (1754-1831). He
enlisted, in 1775, in Capt Hugh Maxwell's company of Col. Prescott's
Massachusetts Regiment. Thomas and Esther's dau Polly (1787-1837) married Ashel
Bannister.

v 138 p 21 #137058, 59
Thomas Mighelles (1752-1792) served as private in Capt Hugh Maxwell's company
of Col. Prescott's Regiment, Massachusetts troops. He was born in Deerfield,
Mass and married in 1775 Esther Arms. (1754-1831). Their dau Polly (1787-1837)
married in 1807 Asahel Bannister.

ONTARIO COUNTY, NY, LAND RECORDS
[no reference to pages given]

DATE:  September 3, 179?

GRANTOR:  Abner Mighells yeoman of the District of Genesee, County of Ontario,
State of NY

GRANTEE:  Thomas Mighells of Conway, County of Hampshire, State of
Massachusetts

AMOUNT:  160 Pounds

DESCRIPTION:  Lot #65, Twp #10, 6th Range (etc.)
[Deed signed, sealed and delivered by Abner Mighells on April 7, 1795 - Deed
recorded June 20, 1796]

NOTICE OF INTESTACY - THOMAS MIGHELLS
Deceased January 12, 1794, Ontario County, NY

[top of the page is cut off]  (Indecipherable)…William Webber a friend and
brother in law of Thomas Mighells late of the County of Ontario deceased.

William Webber was appointed administrator

An inventory of the Estate of Thomas Mighells, Late of Genesee District, county
of Ontario, State of New York, Deceased January 12, 1794
[names mentioned]
John MORGAN
?Garshum? BEACH
Abner MIGHELLS
David MORGAN
Thomas MOYELLS [had a “receipt for a deed of Lot #66 in #10 in the 6th
Range.”]
?Ammassa BLOSS?
Joseph ARTHER
Ransom SMITH
William WEBBER

Signatures at end of Inventory
JOSEPH ARTHUR
ASAHEL BIRCHARD

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General Notes for Child: Clary Mighill
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Clary or "Clarisa" probably married Phineas Birchard (or Burchard).  In a March
15, 1810 deed, "Phineas Birchard Clarisa Mighells before married, now Clarisa
Birchard, both of the town of Lima, county of Ontario", conveyed land situated
in Lima, Ontario County, New York,  to John Case.  The land was partially
described as "formerly called Mighell's gore being the northwest corner of the
widow Mighells'es lot , sd lot belonging to the heirs of Thomas Mighells
deseasd. ".

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General Notes for Child: Esther Mighill
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Possibly married William Butler

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General Notes for Child: Polly Mighill
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Possibly married Asahel Bannister

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General Notes for Child: Thomas Mighill
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Possibly married Rebecca Elmore.  This may be the family recorded at Budd
Cemetery, Niagara County, New York.

Mighells, ??, d. 25 Jul 1858, age 73y
Mighells, Adaline C., b. 1820, d. 1896
Mighells, Albert B., d. 16 Dec. 1861, age 47y 9m 22d
Mighells, Albert, d. 22 May 1902, s/w Harriet M. Mighells, his wife
Mighells, Anna L., b. 1850, d. 1933, s/w Milford L. Mighells
Mighells, George C., d. 11 Mar 185?, age 31y 25d's
Mighells, Gordon, b. Lima, NY, d. 14 Apr. 1872
Mighells, Harriet M., d. ????, wife of Albert Mighells
Mighells, Harriet P., b. 1831, d. 1916
Mighells, Milford L., b. 1852, d. 1915, s/w Anna L. Mighells
Mighells, Nancy Pennell, b. 1 Aug 1854, d. 7 Oct 1934
Mighells, Nelson T., b. 1818, d. 1895
Mighells, Rebecca, d. 7 Mar 1852, age 66y 4m 14d's, wife of Thomas Mighells
Mighells, William Penfield, b. 18 Apr 1853, d. 11 Mar 1916


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General Notes for Child: Eleazer Mighill
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Possibly married Sarah Granger.

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Source Citations
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1. New England Historic and Genealocial Society, Massachusetts Vital Records to
   1850, (Online database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic
   Genealogical Society). 

2. WORCHESTER COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS MEMOIRS, VOLUME I-II, (Ancestry.com.
   Worcester County, Massachusetts Memoirs, Volu me I-II. [database online]
   Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2002. O riginal data: Edit: Ellery Bicknell Crane.
   Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of
   Worcester County Massachusetts with a History of Worcester So ciety of
   Antiquity, Volume I-II. New York, NY: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1907.) 

I had originally chased this fellow thinking he was my ancestor, Thomas MILES of Hopewell, but I finally figured out they were 2 distinct families (although distantly related through a common ancestor - Thomas MIGHILL of Rowley MA died there 1654).




Family Group Sheet

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Husband: Abner Mighill
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        AKA:
       Born: 21 Nov 1752 - Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (1, 2)
 Christened:
       Died: 26 Jul 1806 - Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
     Buried:
     Father: John Mighill (          -1775) (1, 2)
     Mother: Submit Munger (          -          ) (2)
    Married: 4 Jan 1776                Place: Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (1, 2)
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   Wife: Mercy Haynes
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        AKA:
       Born:
 Christened:
       Died:
     Buried:
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Children
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1  M  James Mighill
       Born: 6 Oct 1776 - Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (2)
 Christened:
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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2  F  Mary Mighill
       Born: 28 Jul 1778 - Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (2)
 Christened:
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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3  F  Hannah Mighill
       Born: 4 May 1780 - Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (2)
 Christened:
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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4  F  Lucy Mighill
       Born: 14 Sep 1782 - Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (2)
 Christened:
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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5  M  Aaron Mighill
       Born: 2 Apr 1785 - Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (2)
 Christened:
       Died: 14 Sep 1786 - Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (2)
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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6  F  Betsey Mighill
       Born: 2 Apr 1785 - Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (2)
 Christened:
       Died:
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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7  M  Rozzel Mighill
       Born: 27 Dec 1787 - Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (2)
 Christened:
       Died: 29 Dec 1787 - Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (2)
     Buried:
     Spouse:
 Marr. Date:
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Husband's General Notes
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Abner Mighill served during the Revolutionary War:  "Mighill, Abner,
Brimfield.Private, Capt. James Sherman's co., Col . Pyncheon's regt., which
marched on the alarm of April 19 , 1775; service, 5 days."

Abner purchased vast tracts of land in Ontario County, New York, near present
day Lima (now in Livingston County)  in the late 1780's.  This land was
purchased from Phelps & Gorham and one tract contained 19,000 acres and another
contained 12,820.  He sold the land to various individuals and about 1800 he
moved to Richmond, Ontario, Canada, where he was prominent in town affairs and
where he resided until his death in 1806.

ONTARIO COUNTY, NY, LAND RECORD
Liber 3, P. 377

Date:  February 20, 1789

GRANTOR:  Nathaniel Gorham of Charlestown, County of Middlesex, and Oliver
Phelps of Granville, County of Hampshire, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

GRANTEE:  Abner Mighells, yeoman, of Brimfield, County of Hampshire,
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

PAID IN HAND BY:  Joseph Jones Esq. of Western in the County of Worchester, and
Abner Morgan Esq. and Thomas Hinckley, gentlemen of Abner Mighells, and all of
Brimfield.

AMOUNT:  525 Pounds

DESCRIPTION:  One Fourth of the undivided part of Twp #11, lying on the Genesee
River being in the County of Ontario in the State of NY & is bounded west on
said River, North on #12, East on #11 in the 5th Range and south on #10.  The
whole Twp is said to contain 19,000 acres.

ONTARIO COUNTY, NY, LAND RECORD
Liber 1, P. 148-149

DATE:  February 1, 1789

GRANTOR:  Nathaniel Gorham of Charlestown, County of Middlesex and Oliver
Phelps of Granville, County of Hampshire

GRANTEE:  Abner Mighals yeoman, of Brimfield, County of Hampshire

AMOUNT:  843 Pounds

DESCRIPTION:  One certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in the State
of NY being Twp #10 in the 5th Range of Towns, it being part of a Twp
containing 12,820 acres


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Source Citations
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1. Gale Ion Harris, John Mighill of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connectic
   ut, (The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volum e 158, July
   2004.) 

2. New England Historic and Genealocial Society, Massachusetts Vital Records to
   1850, (Online database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic
   Genealogical Society). 

Another family group sheet concerning Abner Miles/Mighells/Mighill.  You'll notice the variations in the last name which made the research extremely tricky.  Abner is also a distant relative of my ancestor, Thomas Miles of Hopewell.  It appears Abner was the first of the family to move toward Ontario Co. purchasing vast tracts of land which he later resold.



MISCELLANEOUS ITEM:

New Hampshire Journal, page [3], vol. II, iss. 96, February 3, 1795, Walpole, New Hampshire

NORTHAMPTON Jan. 21.
Canandarque, Dec. 24.

Mr. Butler,
I am desired to request you to give the following melancholy event, which happened in this town, on the 20th inst. a place in your paper: -Two men were instantly killed by the falling of a tree which turned up by the roots, as they were traveling on horseback, near the court-house in this town – the tree was observed to fall by a man standing at about eight yards distant, he did not see the unfortunate persons pass, but within a minute or two observed a horse striving to get up, and ran to the place, when to his surprise found the two men, and one horse dead and the other hose wounded.  An inquest was immediately summoned to examine the bodies of the men, which were unknown to any one present, but from the papers found with them, and from information afterwards received from Mr. John Morgan, and Dr. Stiles, of this county, we find that the names of the persons were Thomas Mighells, of Conway, and Cyrus Everitt formerly of Foxborough, Mass. and that Mr. Mighells, had that day set out to return to his family, a wife and nine children – and that Mr. Everitt had been living about three years in Niagara – and was on his way to Foxborough, where he supposed his parents were living.  Mr. Mighells received a blow on his head which broke his skull, and his brains were thrown out upon his horse’s neck – his thigh broken in two places, and his body very much bruised.  Mr. Everitt had his back broken in two places – and his shoulder badly broken – their remains were decently interred in the burying ground in Canandarqua, on the 22d. inst.  An inventory was taken by the Jurors, of the effects found with Mr. Mighells and Mr. Everitt, and the property, of which are some valuable papers, deposited with Phinehas Bates, Esq. of Canadarqua, where the surviving friends of these unfortunate sufferers may apply for the same.



These Family Group Sheets and miscellaneous item has been generously contributed by Kerry (Miles) Patrick. Many, many thanks to Kerry.



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